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Free Virtual Jazz Lecture Fall Series: Iconic Jazz Recordings of 1959 October 28, 2020 7:00 pm with Fred Simon Wednesday, October 28 | 7:00 PM >>
Thanksgiving Recess begins today! November 24, 2020 8:00 am through Sunday, November 29

Fall Jazz Improv & Combos: Adults

Fall Semester Begins: September 8, 2020

Questions?  Contact Audrey Morrison, Jazz Studies Director or call 847.905.1500

Jazz Impovisation for Adults

Come explore the world of jazz and jazz improvisation in an online group platform!  Increase your knowledge of jazz theory and jazz history and enhance your creativity through “playing by ear” on your instrument.  Learn to interpret great jazz recordings through listening and imitation. All instruments are welcome. Registration is open to students worldwide.


Latin/Jazz Improvisation (adults)       

Monday            8:00 PM           Victor Garcia                Evanston East (Room 9)         

Jazz Improvisation (adults – advanced, by invitation only)

Monday            12:15 PM          Steve Ramsdell             Evanston Downtown (B17)

Jazz Improvisation (adults)

Friday               2:00 PM           Steve Ramsdell             Winnetka (Thoresen)


45 minutes • $135.75 annual tuition for students enrolled in private instruction or a jazz combo; $293.25 per semester for others • 15 weeks

Jazz Combos for Adults

Jazz Combos

Explore your musical creativity in an online group platform! Practice improvising in many styles of jazz, including swing, blues, bebop, Dixieland, Latin and contemporary. Emphasis will include learning jazz standards and will provide the opportunity to perform original compositions. Students are placed in small combos based on age and level. Registration is open to students worldwide.


Latin/Jazz Combo (adults)

Monday            7:00 PM           Victor Garcia                Evanston East (Room 9)         

Jazz Combo (adults – advanced, by invitation only)

Monday            11:15 AM         Steve Ramsdell             Evanston Downtown (B17)

Jazz Combo (adults)

Friday               1:00 PM           Steve Ramsdell             Winnetka (Thoresen)

Saturday           12:45 PM          Audrey Morrison          Winnetka (Room 108)


60 minutes • $317.25 • 15 weeks


Listening to Music: A Selective Survey of Human Musical Expression for Adults • 60 minutes • $135.75 – MIC private instruction student; $297.00 – non-MIC private instruction student

Come and experience a survey of musical expression across many genres (jazz, classical, rock, R&B, blues, folk, Latin and more) and cultures from around the world with pianist, singer, and composer, Fred Simon. This class will emphasize the multitude of connections between genres, cultures, and eras and will also illuminate women's contributions to all styles. Hear quintessential and influential recordings of each genre with guided discussion.

Wednesday       7:00 PM           Fred Simon       Evanston East (Room 1)